Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fall Gradient

Who else super excited about fall weather & Halloween?! It's hit the mid 60s-mid 70s for the majority of days now and it feels so good to walk outside and not be drenched in 5 minutes. It also means fall and Halloween manis :)

Indoor with Flash, Wrapped With Mummy Cloth

Saturday, October 11, 2014

China Glaze Don't Let The Dead Bite

Today starts the first week of (hopefully) many Halloween themed manis :) First up I have "Blood Splatter Nails".  For this I used China Glaze Don't Let the Dead Bite from the Apocalypse of Color Collection, along with China Glaze Red Satin for the accents. 

Outdoor shade, no flash
CG Don't Let the Dead Bite is a totally unique polish in my collection.  It is a sheer, nude jelly base with all different size red glitter.  The overall effect comes off as blood splatter, or sort of a brain type matter.  I used 3 thin coats, but could have gotten away with 2 thicker coats. 

LEFT: Shade, no flash RIGHT: Shade, Flash

I am also trying a new base and top coat, the base is Orly Bonder which I've heard great things about.  The topcoat I'm trying is Seche Ultra V UV Topcoat, which is a bit...different?  As I read in other reviews, it has an odd smell to me like very strong polish with a pepper hint as well.  It cured under a UV light but took 3 thin coats to get the same smooth coating as 2 coats of Seche Vite.  However after it fully cured it seems more gel like and is very shiny.  I am testing it by wearing the Seche Vite on my left (Cinderella) hand and the Seche Ultra V on my right (swatch) hand.

 LEFT: Shade, no flash RIGHT: Shade, Flash

LEFT: Design Macro-Shade, Flash RIGHT: Swatch Macro-Shade, Flash

 Shade, no flash

 Shade, no flash

Shade, Flash

 Bottle Shots- LEFT: Shade, Flash RIGHT: Shade, no flash

 Brush Shots- LEFT: Shade, Flash RIGHT: Shade, no flash

Close-Ups-  LEFT: Swatch, flash MIDDLE: Thumb, No Flash RIGHT: Design, Shade, no flash

TOPCOAT COMPARISON- LEFT: Seche Vite, flash RIGHT: Seche Ultra V, Flash

TOPCOAT COMPARISON- LEFT: Seche Vite, no flash RIGHT: Seche Ultra V, no flash

Base Color: China Glaze Don't Let the Dead Bite
Red Accent: China Glaze Red Satin

Coats: 3
Formula: great on all
Color: great on all
Base Coat: Orly Bonder
Top Coat: Seche Vite/ Seche Ultra V

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Put A Bow On It Paloma!

 This is my FAIR DAY mani! We went to the opening night of our county fair last week and we took the little one.  He loved it and rode every ride he could, multiple times.  I'm more excited about the food, ferris wheel and animals than the major rides though (I guess I'm old!). 

 So for today's nails I didn't do any fair themed art, instead I chose to match the color to my cardigan I'm wearing tonight.  I absolutely LOVE how the main nails turned out on this mani, I can't stop looking at them!